Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $2,500,000)
Altarum Institute (Altarum), in partnership with Faces & Voices of Recovery (F&V) and Change Matrix (CM), is pleased to submit our application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in response to the BJA FY 2023 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Solicitation. The Altarum Team is well-positioned to provide superior services as the Category 2A TTA Center for Access to Treatment, Peer Recovery, and Other Recovery Support Services (RSS). We will assist grantees and the field to reduce the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances on individuals and their communities, while prioritizing support for COSSUP grantees to increase access to evidence-based treatment, peer recovery support services (PRSS), and RSS, as a component of successful community reintegration. The Altarum Team will work with BJA to assist grantees in successfully accomplishing the objectives of their specific projects and enhance the quality of and reach of services throughout the field.
The TTA Center on Access to Treatment, PRSS and other RSS at Altarum will provide a comprehensive continuum of TTA services. This suite of services will include enhancing and expanding of the Advisory Board, conducting culturally responsive listening sessions to assess trends and needs of the field, and providing site-specific TTA. These learnings will inform our universal TTA products and the creation or enhancement/expansion of pertinent webinars, publications, toolkits, podcasts, newsletters, online learning curriculums, communities of practice, and the PRSS Mentoring Initiative. Altarum is committed to creating innovative ways to disseminate and encourage the advancement of knowledge.
The Altarum Team brings together technical expertise and lived experience to offer a unique approach to supporting grantees and the field with project implementation, enhancement, promotion, and evaluation. We have over 25 years of experience providing national level TTA utilizing multi-modal learning theory to tailor TTA services to meet the needs of COSSUP grantees and the field. With a focus on cultural responsivity, the Altarum Team utilizes an equitable evaluation approach to ensure that all activities are provided through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Key project staff from Altarum, F&V and CM have expertise in the development of online and distance learning opportunities, the development of uniform protocols for evaluation and reporting of trends, and responding to administration/justice department priorities. The Altarum Team requests $2,500,000 for implementation of the Category 2a TTA Center for BJA COSSUP.